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Chanoga is the new festive catalyst

Publishing Date : 08 January, 2018

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

On its third year running, the annual Wine and Whisky Jamboree at Lek- A- Valley farm in Chanoga was a place to be on New Year’s Eve, bringing together over three thousand spectators from across the country.


Hosted about 30 Km from the tourism capital of Maun, the Wine and Whisky Jamboree is yet another initiative of the My Maun Experience that aims at bringing people to the foot of the Okavango Delta during the Festive Season. Having started three years ago, the event has grown and tripled the number of attendees since its inception.


Partly sponsored by Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL), the event brings together the movers and shakers of Gaborone to a more relaxed atmosphere far from the city. The event organiser Mochaena Kepadisa said the concept started as a family gathering and feasting but was later inspired by a cousin who collects wines and whiskies to make it a Jamboree.


Kepadisa said it is pity he still run the show from his own pockets but is looking forward to work with corporate sponsors to make it even big and better in 2018. “Last year we were ruined by rain and people dispersed but this year all measures were in place to alleviate the situation”, he said.  


Every year during the festive season, all roads lead to Maun for a festive break that is second to none. For the past plus five years Maun has seen a tremendous growth in terms of people coming in and the vibrancy has never stopped.  The tourists’ destination is during that time graced by celebrities both local and international.


The highlight of the Experience in the past used to be the ‘beach’ a place along the Thamalakane river bank. This is a safe sport free of crocodiles and hippos’ where indigenous people have spotted to swim, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Here revellers park their cars, play music while they enjoy their drinks.


The beauty of this place is watching the sunset as the speed boats passes at high speed. It is a very exciting and mind relaxing experience. My Maun Experience is the brainchild of businessman Bissau Gaobakwe and business partner Dose Mosimanyane and was established in 2012. It has since drawn attention to one of the country’s tourism hubs.

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